eNews · August 2018

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​TWITTER CHAT Wednesday, September 12, 2-3pm ET

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When workplace technology isn’t accessible for everyone, it can cause employers to miss out on top talent. Join PEAT and the Employer Resource and Assistance Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN) to earn how to ensure your organization’s technology infrastructure is accessible for everyone, including job applicants and employees with disabilities. 

This Twitter chat will explore best practices from EARN’s Inclusion@Work employer policy framework. Developed with input from employers with exemplary track records in disability employment, this framework outlines seven core components of a disability-inclusive organization, along with a menu of strategies for achieving them. Use #EARNChat to join the conversation!

October 1-31

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Join PEAT to celebrate the contributions of workers with disabilities and the value of a workforce inclusive of their skills and talents throughout October, in honor of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). 

The NDEAM website offers a wide range of resources to help your organization celebrate this year’s theme “America’s Workforce: Empowering All." Resources include the official poster in English and Spanish, sample articles, a press release and proclamation, and sample social media postings.

CONFERENCE Wednesday, October 3, Broomfield, CO

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This annual conference is recognized nationally as one of the few venues dedicated exclusively to technology and information access for people with cognitive disabilities. It attracts a range of diverse groups involved in technology development, promotion, utilization and policy, including academia, industry, state and federal agencies, self-advocates and family members, software developers and engineers, and service providers.

The 2018 keynote will be presented by Jennifer Sheehy, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), US Department of Labor.

In Focus

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28 years after the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), people with disabilities continue to face unequal access in digital spheres. Oath’s Larry Goldberg argues that making accessibility a central part of technology education is an essential part of the solution.

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PEAT recently spoke with Keith Bundy, a digital accessibility consultant and trainer at Siteimprove, about how the landscape of assistive and accessible technology in the workplace has changed over the past 30 years, along with what he expects for the future of work.